How Does a Computer Process Data

Do you know, how does a computer process data? Without data management and data analysis, your computer would be little more than a pricey paperweight. This article discusses two basic kinds of data and how a computer handles them.

Two Types Of Computer Data
The first type of data is all the data already residing on the computer, such as the programs and document files on the hard drive or the imprint of your current session stored in the computer's memory (RAM). The second type of data is data that comes into the computer from external sources, such as the words you type on a keyboard or video data streaming over the Internet.

The Role Of The Computer Processor And Motherboard
No matter the source of the data, it all passes through the computer's processor. If you want to call up your most recent financial report, stored on your hard drive, the computer processor accesses this data from the hard drive and stores some or all of it in its memory for faster access. It also parses this data through the operating system software loaded in memory, which tells the computer how to display your report on your screen. Of course, none of this would have started without the initial point and click of your mouse to open the file, which also sent tiny bits of data through the computer's processor.

The processor and all other computer components are in some way connected to the computer's motherboard, which is a complex system of circuits and transistors that enable different parts of the computer to send electronic signals carrying data to each other.

Data Processing Speed
The central importance of the computer's processor in processing data has given many people the impression that it is the most important part of a computer's speed. While processor speed is certainly important, keeping your data stored on the fastest possible device is more important to a system's overall speed. Therefore, a fast hard drive can improve system speed, and installing more memory, which allows more of your data to be drawn from the hard drive and stored in super-fast RAM, is even better.

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